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Steve Carell & Universal Are 'Lunatics'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 10, 2011 11:26 PM
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PHOTO Steve Carell & Universal Are 'Lunatics'

Geez, it seems every other day another project pops up for Steve Carell. Now freed from the schedule of "The Office," the actor has been on a tear the past year, starring in "Crazy Stupid Love" and filming "Meeting A Friend At The End Of World" and "Great Hope Springs." In 2012, he'll be no less busy with the comedy "Burt Wonderstone," the drama "Foxcatcher" and the satire "Frank Or Francis" booking time in front of cameras. Oh yeah, he'll also reprise his voice role in "Despicable Me 2" somewhere in there as well. On top of all that, he's got a slew of projects in development including "Dogs Of Babel" with "Once" director John Carney set to helm; the heist comedy "Conviction" and a back-packing comedy he'll produce for "Crazy Stupid Love" helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. And now, he's adding yet another project to the slate.

Deadline reports that Universal has snapped up the rights to "Lunatics" from writers Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel to develop into a movie. The material is right in the Carell wheelhouse, telling the tale of a kids' soccer referee who crosses paths with an irate father of a player leading to the pair on the run from the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Zany! Barry and Zweibel will pen the screenplay based on their book which gets published in January. The former doesn't have much movie writing experience but the latter has written for "Saturday Night Live" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" in addition to penning "North" and "Dragnet."

At any rate, it's another project for the ever busy actor who is continuing to make sure he's got lots of options as he charges full throttle out of TV and onto the big screen.

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2 Comments

  • geha714 | November 11, 2011 7:00 AMReply

    This sounds a lot like another Dave Barry film adaptation Big Trouble and that didn't end up well.

  • Chris | November 10, 2011 11:32 PMReply

    It feels like every other article at Deadline is about Carrell booking another job. I like him but he's bogarting all the good projects; leave some for the other other actors out there Steve! His rep deserves a raise for all these project he keeps getting attached to.

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